Monday, 28 November 2016
Hello hna (hermana) Barton .... today we have lunch with your daughter, she is a great person, we have a great time, I loves them very much ... send many affections ... I am hna. C (name deleted to protect her privacy) and I love the missionary work ... Every missionary is like my daughter, I like to take care of them and serve them .... always send a picture of each activity !!!!! regards
(Above was translated from the original spanish she sent it in)
Sister C is a member who is the RS president. all of her children are married and live far enough away that she gets sad when she talks about it, but we are spending Christmas with her. We were eating lunch at her house.
Now for my normal routine - I wake up at 6:30 sometimes earlier depending if we have to travel or something. 8:00 is personal study and then after that we proselyte/visit people until lunch at 12:30 with members and then we proselyte until 8:00pm when we have to be in our apartment and plan, then 8:30 is companion study, and that is my day.
Hermana Svec (our Mission President's wife) is very sweet and loving, President Svec seems very nice as well but they both speak spanish and I only met them when I arrived so I don't really know them that well yet.
It is super hot I have been sun burnt a few times WITH my sunscreen and yes I have started using my umbrella which was a blessing because it rained last night...hard.
Monday was P-day and we went to Hito (the small town I am in now) and then made pizza and wrote to our families (oh by the way I am in Iguazú)
Tuesday- we took the bus to get me a bus card so that it will be cheaper, and on the bus we talked to a woman with her daughter and grandaughter and she said she wanted us to come visit her, so we did, and man oh man do they love to talk! They had good questions and shared many experiances, but they are strong in their faith but I know they would be super strong members if they were to convert to this church.
Wednesday - at first we planned to visit certain people but either they were not at home or were busy so we started knocking (or rather clapping) at houses. The second house we clapped at the woman let us teach her, and she said something about how she is trying to find the truth. So I started teaching about Joseph Smith and the first vision, and I was so proud of myself because I hadn´t talked much in lessons before, but when I finished the woman turned to my companion and asked what I said because she didn´t understand much of it. I was so upset! At the end we asked her to pray after we taught her how (she had never prayed before) and she started crying in her prayer and after thanked us a lot for our visit, so even though I may not be good at the language I know the Lord can, and will use me to help his children.
Friday- we had a zone meeting/practise for the "He is the light of the World" thing the church is doing for Christmas this year. On the bus ride back, the bus was super full so my companion and I - instead of sitting beside each other - sat one in front of the other. I sat beside a man, who was, well, very interesting to say the least. He believed in some weird theory I didn´t understand and he did not like what I was trying to teach him. I just made sure to just simply bare my testimony and then let him just talk out his speech which I didn't really understand. He didn't yell or anything but was very passionate about what he believed in. Luckily the man my companion sat by (and talked to, he was very interested in the church) left and so I said goodbye to the interesting man and sat by my companion. I couldn´t help but get frustrated again because I felt as though I was trying very hard to teach people, and I can't understand them and they can't understand me. As my companion said it was a blessing to not be able to understand the man because if I did it probably would have been worse, so I am grateful fot the care of my Father in Heaven.
Sunday- was a good Sabbath - I was able to understand more in church, and I am pretty sure that I am the music leader now, and afterwards we proselyted more. But on the way home it poured on us and luckily I brought my umbrella (because it is so hot and I am so white) but we still got soaked
Tomorrow we leave for Posadas so that on Wednesday we can have a conference with Elder Brat who is the second councelor to the area seventy and I am super excited for that!
Monday, 21 November 2016
I didnt realize that I hadn't mentioned anything about the other people in my district (at the CCM) well Elder C is very tall and is a theater kid, in fact his mom has done a lot of soaps, he is interesting and just says things that make you put your hand to your face, he is originally from New York but lives in Utah. Elder H is from Washington (the state) and lost his dad to cancer two years ago, he has a girl that he hopes to marry i think. He is kind of a farm boy, and he is super sweet. Elder K is crazy, he is from Las Vegas and loves to party, but I know that he will make a great missionary. Elder M is also very tall and he is from Utah as well. He is a convert and has a very strong spirit, he and Elder K like to party and make jokes about me being Canadian and a redhead - all in good nature of course. We were all able to grow so close and I know that the friendships we made are forever in fact we made up canadian thanksgiving and plan to have it every year together. Buenos Aires is different than Iguassu (i think that is how it is spelled) [Nope - it's Iguazú] but I love both. When we all found out about Trump all the americans went wild while us canadians (and Aussies) laughed. I was able to shake Elder Rasbands hand and I got so much from his talk it was so powerful.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
I will be writing again on monday, but for now I am here safe in posadas. the flight was only 2 hours long and we super easy!
Below is what came a few hours after Winona arrived:
Estimados padres y madres:
Sus hijitos, Elderes y Hermanas ya estan en la mision Argentina Posadas, se ven muy felices y con deseos de trabajar en el campo misional, es un placer para nosotros tenerles aqui, les cuidaremos, protejeremos y enseñaremos todo cuanto este a nuestro alcance.
Hermana y Presidente Svec
Mision Argentina Posadas
***** For those of us who don't speak Spanish****
Their children, Elders and Sisters are already in the Argentina Posadas mission, they are very happy and with desire to work in the mission field, it is a pleasure for us to have them here, we will take care of them, we will protect and we will teach everything that is within our reach.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
So this is the last week! I will be going to the mission home or leaving the MTC on tuesday and flying to the mission home. This last week has been a blur so this wont be a long email. Saturday we went prosyliting again, but at first we were dissapointed because Hermana G and I had 2 APPOINTMENTS in the last place we were at. However, it was very good we were able to make two other appointments thats if we go back of course, but one woman was so interested in the church and asked us to come back, or send others to teach her. Saturday is really the only day to report on but on Thursdays we go to the temple and it is amazing how much I can understand and get out of it. Sunday was fast sunday so it was all of us telling a bit about ourselves and then bearing our testimony, and it is really cool to see all these different types of people coming together to share the gosple.Today is Wednesday and almost everyone is gone from the MTC to get their visas. Tomorrow we get to go hear Elder Rasband and I am super excited for that!Until Next TimeHermana Barton
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Friday- There are 9 other english speaking people here, two are from Canada (Lethbridge and Calgary) two from Australia, and the rest are from America. We don´t get to see or talk much to them, except on Sundays.Saturday- so we went prosilyting, and we did so much better this time, we got 4 references, and 15 contacts AND we have two apointments for this Saturday. However one guy kind of cornered us and kept telling Hermana Garner how beautiful she was and wouldn´t let us go, but by the power of prayer and the spirit we were able to get out of that situation with no problems. One of our appointments is with a golden investigator. He is everything someone would want in an investigator and we are so excited to teach him.Sunday- was normal, but kind of weird because it went from 6 to 15 of us. in RS Hermana Garner and I taught the lesson and it went really well. It was an amazing spiritual day.Monday and Tuesday- nothing really happened, just the normal everyday things, but all the english speakers want to sing for the latinos so we are going to start practising the EFY melody.Wednesday- there was a lesson that we had where we acted out a situation so I was the mom, one elder was the dad with a smoking problem and my companion was the daughter. The other elders were the missionaries and bishop coming to teach us, and the spirit was so strong! I felt is from my toes to the top of my head. It was the most amazing experience.Thursday- Elder Rasband is coming next thursday (in a week) to the east mission, and the MTC will be taking busses to go see him talk. so for those who wish to email me please make sure to email on wednesday or before.